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Hey everyone!

Just wanted to get the mod log started for our newest case mod!  It won’t be anything super crazy just a simple themed “Pay it Forward” mod for my mother.

BACKGROUND

My mother was always encouraging and supportive in my gaming growing up and to this day still plays Everquest(15 years later…).  Because of this, I am transplanting her computer guts into a Nanoxia CoolForce 1 Tempered Glass edition case.  Thankfully Nanoxia is sponsoring the case, fans and LED strips to make this a reality.

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So as we continue down this journey, help me celebrate a belated birthday/retirement/Mother’s Day gift.

CONCEPT

The front panel of the case will have the EQ logo in lavender and a vinyl decal shot of her halfling druid.

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The glass side of the case will be frosted with the druid logo.  Her main character’s name on the custom PSU shroud.

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If we can manage to get the wood and hardware, upgrading her gaming workstation is a priority as her small desk does not have the storage to handle her crafts and computer.  So I did up a concept for a desk that would provide her with all the organization she would need.

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WARNING!!! SPOILER!!

Here’s the final before and after of the build and her gaming station.  Feel free to read through the forums to see how we accomplished this!
CASE MOD
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GAMING STATION
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Until the next update,  Happy Modding!
 

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Hey everyone!

 

Time for a long overdue update!  Let’s make this a big one!

 

First I’d like to welcome aboard our newest sponsor GAMDIAS!  Who provided a mouse and mouse mat.  Also, our streaming partner @SomeRandomChicx from Twitch who provided the matching GAMDIAS keyboard!

 

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To continue with materials for this build, we ordered some sleeving to make our custom extensions from MainFrame Customs!

 

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Now to get onto what you came for….. the case modding.  We unboxed the case and got straight to work.  First, we flipped the optical cages.  Then took the case apart and reassembled it in a reverse ATX configuration.  Next to strengthen the motherboard tray to finalize the mod.

 

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The hardest part was making the front mesh back up in a way that still looked normal-ish

 

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Our temporary pile of parts while we took the case apart.

 

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Our custom vinyl stickers!  They will pop nicely against the black case!

 

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Until the next update,  Happy Modding!

 

Mod Components:

Case: Nanoxia CoolForce1

Fans: Nanoxia CoolForce 120/140mm

Keyboard: GAMDIAS Ares P1

Mouse: GAMDIAS Hades

Gaming Mat: GAMDIAS NYX

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Gooooood morning everyone!

 

Did you miss me?  Sorry about the long pause between updates, but I wanted to bring you some of the custom sleeving we are doing for the build.  We’ve been on hiatus waiting for the weather to turn pleasant again so I can begin painting components.

 

But we began sleeving……. And like all tedious tasks, sunflower seeds are a must to increase concentration!

 

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Starting with the 24 Pin we got our purple camo cables in place.

 

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Final shots of our 24 pin, absolutely loving the boldness of these Nanoxia cable combs!

 

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After the 24 pin was done, we switched gears and made our 8 pin EPS connector as well.

 

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Again I apologize about such a long delay in updates, hopefully as this winter is turning to spring I will have more to update soon!!


 

As always…. Keep modding!

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lol how many bags of sunflower seeds did you go through?  Sleeving is usually the sort of thing I sit down in front of a TV and just mindlessly go through lol

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On 3/5/2019 at 1:27 PM, Mosquito said:

lol how many bags of sunflower seeds did you go through?  Sleeving is usually the sort of thing I sit down in front of a TV and just mindlessly go through lol

Haha just the one sandwhich bag of seeds, and I stand at my desk watching some anime that I can binge watch without paying close attention lol

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Good morning all my lovely people!


I’m pleased to announce that #MomsMod is COMPLETE!! 


So let’s begin…..

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We start off first with the Gamdias peripherals, the Ares Keyboard and the Hades Mouse.  Mask and paint time.

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Switching over to the Nanoxia CoolForce 140mm fans, we mask the frame off so we can get the fans painted purple!

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After a day of letting the paint dry, we are ready to start assembling the case.

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So far so good!  That vinyl looks awesome!

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But now we need the hardware…. Let’s look at the tragic tower she has been using…… all that dust! YUCK!

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Rip the hardware out, salvage what’s acceptable, then get that Intel motherboard installed in the Nanoxia CoolForce1 case.

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Now it’s time to drop in an upgraded air cooler that might just do a bit better than her other one…

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That cable management……. Just don’t look at the backside

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I told you not to look!

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But…. we can fix it with these lovely Nanoxia CoolForce combs!!!

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Boom!  Build is complete!  One Lavender Everquest case mod complete!!

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Now what…….?!?!  Oh right, need to address that old desk mess situation….

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And ta-da!  Now she not only has a setup worth showing off, but she’s got some extra organization for all her craft business

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And here’s an obligatory photo of me training the next generation of modders!  My 3 year old diligently putting screws into the motherboard tray while watching YouTube on her tablet.

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As always, thanks for joining us on this journey and keep modding!!
 

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2 hours ago, Mosquito said:

Lots of little things coming together to add up quite nicely.  Great work!

Thanks Mos!

I have a pic to show you once I get them unpacked, but got a small set of nice hand planes.  I saw them and thought of you.  Lady gave them to me for free with a load of other hardware, fasteners, tools that I got for $30.  I'm going back to clear out more hardware/lumber/sheet metal as she's prepping to sell her house after her husband passed a year ago.  Even getting my hands on an older table saw for $10 😁

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Good morning all my lovely people!

How about a quick update to share our review of the Nanoxia CoolForce case that we modded for this project!  Solid intro case with a beautiful smoked tempered glass side panel.

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YV3JsLuxLdE


As always! Be yourself, be unique!

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